BEEB MAN GROPED PARAMEDICS BUM Sex at­tack caused by al­ler­gic re­ac­tion to oys­ters, court told

Midweek Sport - - FRONT PAGE - By NEIL GOOD­WIN

A BBC pro­ducer ac­cused of grop­ing a para­medic’s bot­tom claims he must have been suf­fer­ing from a bad re­ac­tion to oys­ters, a court heard.

An am­bu­lance was called for James Whit­marsh, 41, when he be­gan an­swer­ing ques­tions with the word ‘honk’ af­ter a seafood starter in Lon­don’s West End.

As he was be­ing treated in the back of the ve­hi­cle, he grabbed the wo­man medic’s bot­tom and groped her be­tween her legs.

Whit­marsh de­nies sex­u­ally as­sault­ing the medic, claim­ing he wasn’t re­spon­si­ble for his ac­tions af­ter the Christ­mas meal.

Pros­e­cu­tor Vic­to­ria Ailes said: “Put very shortly, what James Whit­marsh is ac­cused of is sex­u­ally as­sault­ing a para­medic who was treat­ing him in an am­bu­lance by touch­ing her vagina through her cloth­ing.

Toxin

“The de­fence is that this is not some­thing that James Whit­marsh did de­lib­er­ately at all, his ac­tions were not un­der his con­trol be­cause he was hav­ing a bad re­ac­tion or suf­fer­ing from a toxin as a re­sult of some fish or seafood he ate for din­ner.”

Ms Ailes told the jury Whit­marsh had gone out with friends on De­cem­ber 13 and af­ter a drink had gone for a meal at a restau­rant near Covent Gar­den.

The pros­e­cu­tor said dur­ing the meal Whit­marsh’s friends be­came con­cerned at the way he was be­hav­ing and called an am­bu­lance.

She said: “He was un­steady on his feet. He was swing­ing his arms around and when he was asked how he was he an­swered them with wither ‘Yes’, ‘No’, or ‘Honk’.

“In the course of his treat­ment he reached out to­wards her lower body. He was warned not to do that but a cou­ple of min­utes later he reached out and grabbed her but­tocks on top of her uni­form.

“He then reached around to touch her vagina.”

Whit­marsh, of De­vizes, Wilt­shire, de­nies sex­ual as­sault.

He has worked as a new me­dia pro­ducer since 1994 and is cur­rently work­ing for BBC Ra­dio in Lon­don.

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BBC pro­ducer Whit­marsh

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